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Chronic Dry Eyes From Allergies and or Medications

The last several years I've been dealing with chronic dry eyes. My Eye Dr had prescribed Restasis for me but I had to stop using it because it felt like it was either causing my sinus infection or adding to it. He wants me to use another prescription for dry eyes, but the Insurance Company keeps rejecting the prescription due to lack of coverage of the drugs. So I keep trying different OTC saline drops.

So what do you use? How often?

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  • Melissa G

    I use rewetting drops but for me that have not been doing the trick. I am having a hard time wearing my contacts due to dry eyes and allergy eyes. 

  • LK

    Marie,  I do't wear contacts but for some time I was on a couple of medicines that made my mouth and eyes very dry.  For my eyes my ophthalmologist recommended Systane Balance – Restorative Formula.  In the past, I also used the Systane Lubricant Eye Gel – Nighttime Protection at night.  The gel makes your vision blurry so it is best used at night in my experience.  It helps a lot at night and also after a few days seemed to carry over and help during the day as well.  

    Here are links to these two that I have used. 

    Hope this helps some!

  • LK

    Looks like there may be some sort of coupons on the Systane website.  Don't know if you have to sign up or how it works.

  • Melissa G

    Lisa, I keep forgetting about the eye gel! My oldest Grace has to use the gel. Back in the fall she had a full corneal abrasion. 

    I need to borrow some of her gel and see if it would help.

  • LK

    Melissa,  It is so easy to overlook things that we have become accustomed to!  Every once in a while a simple solution dawns on me, usually after I have been struggling with a problem.  Turns out the answer was staring me in the face all the time!  

  • K8sMom2002

    Hugs, Marie! 

    My DD uses an OTC 12 hour allergy drop. Her pediatrician wanted her to use cromolyn drops, but that interfered in her ability to wear contacts. I hear you on itchy, dry eyes. 

    We also use saline drops as well. 

    Lisa, excellent tips on different meds — I'll have to remind DD to ask about that when she goes to her next eye appointment.

    Melissa, any way you can get a sample of the gel without having to borrow your DD's?

  • Marie E Natzke

    Thank you everyone for the info….I haven't tried Systane but I've tried a lot of other drops. When I took my sister last week to the eye Dr I saw a pamphlet about Oasis eye drops I had to order them online and got it over the weekend so far it seems to be helping but need to give it a little more time if this one doesn't work I'll try the systane..

  • mrsartz

    I also have extreme dry eye between my meds and being on the computer. My Dr recommended the gel also. So I might just give that a shot. He told me to be liberal with the daytime lubricant drops. I also want to try Soothe XP even though the eye Dr said the protective film can not be replaced no matter what some of these eye drops claim. I guess I'm hoping.  =)

  • Marie E Natzke

    I ordered the Oasis drops and they came Saturday (amazon). I've been Weingarten for 4 days and my eyes are beginning to feel better not so itchy and dry. 

  • LK

    Marie,  That's good that your eyes are feeling better with the new eye drops!  

    Seeing "Weingarten " made me think of Wien, Switzerland (Vienna) home of the Spanish Riding School where classical equitation has been taught since 1735 and home of the famous Lipizzaner stallions!  

    You know me!  Always finding a way to relate anything to horses!!   

    Didn't stray too far off the topic of this thread, did I!    My apologies, Marie!       

  • Melissa G

    Marie, that is great news!  I may look into those drops. Grace uses the lubricant but I at times I have to get up in the middle of night to take care of Rebekah, and I need to be able to see to do that. Grace said her vision is blurry after using the lubricant so I think I need to try something else. 

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma
    Marie E Natzke posted:

    The last several years I've been dealing with chronic dry eyes. My Eye Dr had prescribed Restasis for me but I had to stop using it because it felt like it was either causing my sinus infection or adding to it. He wants me to use another prescription for dry eyes, but the Insurance Company keeps rejecting the prescription due to lack of coverage of the drugs. So I keep trying different OTC saline drops.

    So what do you use? How often?

    Hi @Marie E Natzke, have you tried Xiidra? They have a coupon copay program where the first month is free and then every month thereafter is $10 dollars. 

    I use it for my dry eye syndrome and have been on it for about a year. The first two weeks I used it, my eyes burned and I had a metallic taste in the back of my mouth…but my opthamologist told me to keep using it and those sensations will lessen. Sure enough, I don't have the metallic taste any more and the burning sensation is very minimal…it doesn't prevent me from using it because my eyes are feeling so much better. I was on Restasis, but then it got to be really expensive each month.

    – Brenda

  • Marie E Natzke

    Melissa G, Brenda Silvia-Torma, LK

    Lisa…lol… that's ok

    Melissa yes sometimes the ointments make things blurry even some of the drops I had to buy the drops from Amazon.  They aren't cheap but it's working so far for me so I'll stick with them

    Silvia…my eye Dr prescribed Restasis and the Xidria and the Insurance Company won't cover either one so that's why I asked what everyone else is using.  I'm surprised they won't cover either one especially being its Blue Cross